12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights

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3
nights
San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Occidental to see Sonoma Canopy Tours about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Nob Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel planning site.

Calgary, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Calgary in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Alcatraz Island ©
Must see
Alcatraz Island
4.7
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Fisherman's Wharf
3.4

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 8th (Sat), trek along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planning website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. August in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

2
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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 10th (Mon), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carpinteria State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in August, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

3
nights
Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, about 30 minutes away. Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
The Getty Center ©
Specialty Museum
The Getty Center
4.8
Santa Monica Pier ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier
4.1

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